After a dramatic 1-0 victory over Jamaica in Melbourne on Tuesday, Colombia has made history by moving on to the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in the country’s history.
Catalina Usme became the first player in this competition to accomplish such a feat when her amazing goal penetrated Jamaica’s staunch defence.
The Colombians will play the defending European champion and No. 4 team in the world, England, in Sydney on Saturday as compensation for their accomplishment. Despite having a significant 21-place disadvantage in the world rankings, the South American team has a chance of winning the game.
The amazing and unexpected advancements of Colombia and Jamaica into the knockout rounds have greatly improved the standing of this competition. In sports, it’s common to see established giants falter while underdogs succeed despite all odds.
Both teams struggled to take control of this knockout game because they were used to playing opponents who were expected to do better than them in the group stage. This resulted in few opportunities for either team.
However, Colombia is the first South American nation to go to the quarterfinals since Brazil in 2011 after a close victory over Jamaica.
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